Big Blue Bus offers real-time bus arrival and location information that can be accessed in a variety of ways, including:
You can plan trips and get real-time bus arrival information through Google Transit, which is a part of Google Maps.
When planning a trip on Google Transit, you will be notified of any delays and/or service alerts that may impact your trip. You can also get real-time bus arrival information, by clicking on any blue bus stop icon shown on the map.
For more on how to use Google Maps, watch our quick video tutorial.
Transit is a third-party application available for both Android and iPhone devices, that offers simple bus arrival and location information.
Big Blue Bus provides open data in the General Transit Feed Specification realtime (GTFS-realtime) standard, which makes it possible for third-party developers like Transit, to incorporate Big Blue Bus' trip updates and service alerts information.
Note: Big Blue Bus does not officially endorse, license, or warrant third-party applications--we allow our data to be used for customer convenience. For technical support, please contact the app developers directly. For app developers interested in accessing our GTFS-realtime data, click here.
Use NextBus to access real-time bus arrival predictions online, by text, or by phone. Actual arrival times may vary from 30 seconds to about 3 minutes from what is reported.
Ways To Access NextBus Information
Visit nextbus.com/bigbluebus, or download the NextBus app on your GPS-enabled Android or iPhone device.
"SMBBB" and your stop number to 41411*. Leave a space between the word "SMBBB" and your stop number when entering text. Note: Standard rates apply.
Call 310-451-5444 and press one to connect with NextBus. For quicker access to information, call our direct line at 310-602-6114.
*Note: You will need your bus stop's four-digit ID number to access real-time arrival information. Signs have been installed at all Big Blue Bus stops displaying four-digit stop numbers and information on accessing NextBus. You can also look up your stop number above or contact us through Santa Monica Works or by phone at 310-451-5444.
NextBus is available for riders with disabilities. For more information, click here.